My Dog Ate Ear Mite Medicine What Should I Do?

Reviewed By Julie •  Updated: 01/25/21 •  3 min read
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Do you have ear mite medication around the house? If so, you’re not alone. Ear mite infestations are common in dogs (and cats). It’s a problem that can develop over time and be difficult to get rid of.

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What would happen if your dog ate his ear mite medication? Could ear mite medication make your dog sick?

What Ear Mites?

Ear mites, also called Otodectes cynotis, is a parasitic insect that infects many types of animals including dogs. Mites are usually found in the ear canal and even on the ear, itself. These bugs are highly contagious and they’re difficult to see. You may have noticed a dark speck moving around the skin of your dog’s ear or in his ear canal.

You may notice mites by these signs:

It is strongly recommended to contact a Pet Poison Helpline or your veterinarian.

If you notice these signs, then it’s time to take your dog to the vet to be treated. The vet will clean out all the mites (or most of them) and then prescribe an ear mite medication for your dog.

Can Ear Mite Medications Make my Dog Sick?

Yes, it’s possible this medication could make your dog sick if he eats it. The problem is with the substances in the medication. These can include hydrocortisone and pyrethrin. In fact, pyrethrin is toxic to dogs when ingested.

Pyrethrin Poisoning in Dogs

Pyrethrin is a common insecticide that is used to get rid of all types of bugs. It’s found in ear mite medications, but this insecticide is also found in other types of products that deal with insect infestations.

You may notice these symptoms if your dog has ingested ear mite medication:

If you notice these symptoms in your dog, then call the vet immediately. This could be a life-threatening medical emergency.

Treatment of Pyrethrin Poisoning in Dogs

The vet will perform a physical exam of your dog and may also do lab work. Because there’s no antidote for pyrethrin poisoning, the vet will use decontamination methods on your dog.  These may include activated charcoal, and more.

In addition, your dog may require an IV to rehydrate him and to treat symptoms that may arise over time. The vet may also use anti-seizure and muscle relaxant medicines to treat tremors and shaking.

If your dog receives prompt medical treatment, he has a very good chance of making a full recovery.

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Julie

Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.

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